MLA Invites Your Conference Session Proposals

MLA_Conference_Logo.jpgMALF is proud to host a day of targeted Friends programming each year at the annual Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference, and the 2014 event in October will be no exception. However, in honor of this year’s theme, “Better Together,” MALF and MLA want you to go one step further by designing a conference panel of your own!

“Better Together” shines the spotlight on creating partnerships and building communities. As in years past, it will also feature a special conference-within-a-conference. Titled “We’re All in This Together: Strengthening Libraries Through Professional Development,” the 2014 mini-conference will focus on interpersonal skills like project management, teamwork, and communications.

That’s all pretty broad – and intentionally so. Organizers know that conference attendees have impressive skills to share, and encourage you to do just that.

Proposals are now being accepted for 60-minute session slots. Format is variable, and commonly ranges from single speakers and panel discussions to case study overviews or project demonstrations. If your proposal is green lit, you will be invited to present in Mankato on October 8 or 9.

Click here to begin a proposal submission form. It’s easy! You only need:

  • Full contact information for the submitter
  • Panel title and description (approx. 250 words)
  • Target audience for your proposed session, and level of the subject matter (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Anticipated speakers
  • Most appropriate conference “track,” if known 

Please make your submission(s) by Friday, May 2. Direct questions to program committee chair Kristen Mastel at meye0539@umn.edu.